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10 Destination-worthy Rooftop Bars Across the Country

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By Sophie Brochu
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Categories:Outdoor Dining Guide 2021

Summer is nearly here, which means we’re looking to patios, rooftops, and picturesque places to grab a bite or catch up with friends over cocktails. We compiled a list of beautiful rooftop terraces with refreshing drinks, excellent food, and scenic views. From San Diego to New York City, here are ten must-visit rooftops, all of which you can book right now on Tock.

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The Greens on The Rooftop at Pier 17 - New York, NY

New York City’s ultimate outdoor dining retreat is back. At The Greens, you can book your very own mini lawn, a 10 ft. x 10 ft. patch of lush green space furnished with lounge chairs, a love seat, and a sun umbrella. Relax on your lawn while enjoying and panoramic views and a new seasonal menu, which features spicy maki rolls, grilled lamb gyros, heirloom tomato salad, double cherry hand pies, and an array of popbar popsicles.

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RAISED | An Urban Rooftop Bar - Chicago, IL

Inspired by the ‘Main Stem’ river district location, RAISED refers to the iconic drawbridges that line the Chicago River, the river locks that raise the water for passing boats, and the urban rooftop elevation. Grab a table on the rooftop patio or book an open-air greenhouse for up to ten guests. This rooftop bar is ideal on a breezy Chicago day for casual American fare, signature cocktails, and watching the boats go by.

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Paramour at The Phipps - San Antonio, TX

Located in San Antonio’s Museum District, this sophisticated rooftop lounge was inspired by some of the most luxurious outposts in the world. The ever-evolving menu highlights the best of the season, while the knowledgeable bar staff has a selection of over 1,300 spirits. Known for live DJs, peep shows, and Drag Brunch, Paramour was also voted the “Best Place to Hang on a Sunday” by San Antonio Magazine. Book dinner in the outdoor skyline section with views of downtown San Antonio and the riverwalk.

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The Mercury Room - Kansas City, MO

From the team behind The Monarch Bar comes an imaginative sky lounge and rooftop terrace called The Mercury Room. Named after the smallest and innermost planet of the Solar System, The Mercury Room also pays tribute to the chemical element. According to the text on the menu, “In ancient times, mercury was known as quicksilver, and it was believed to be able to shift between liquid and solid states. Therefore, in alchemy, mercury was believed to shift between life and death, or heaven and earth.” Enjoy this sparkling atmosphere amongst twinkling lights and world-class cocktails.

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Columbia Room - Washington, DC

Derek Brown’s ambitious cocktail bar has been going strong for just over a decade. Recognized by Esquire, Bon Appetit, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, the award-winning Columbia Room has developed a strong reputation for its prix fixe cocktail tasting menus. During the pandemic, they pivoted to a casual sandwich and drink pop-up. Now, they’re back with outdoor reservations and new cocktails. Reserve a table in the Punch Garden located on the second floor open-air, rooftop patio.

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Rooftop @1WLO - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Elevated above Fort Lauderdale’s renowned Las Olas Boulevard and the New River, this open-air rooftop patio is something akin to a garden in the sky. The eclectic lounge boasts panoramic skyline views, lush natural décor, and resident bartenders that stir up an ever-evolving selection of hand-crafted cocktails. Go on Sundays for seasonal brunch with bottomless Moët and a live DJ that gets the party started at noon.

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Denim - Nashville, TN

Twenty-one stories above the city of Nashville, The Joseph’s rooftop bar, Denim, offers a selection of thoughtfully curated cocktails. The menu is created in a collaborative environment with inspiration from the kitchen and focus on quality spirits. “The bar staff is very close,” says lead bartender Serene Branch. “We are definitely a bar family. We like to play off each other’s ideas, especially in creating a new menu.” Stop by Denim to try this season’s latest creations, along with Mediterranean-American plates. The Nashville views are excellent.

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George's at the Cove - San Diego, CA

George’s at the Cove is a renowned three-level ocean view dining destination located in the seaside neighborhood of La Jolla, San Diego. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the hilly northern coastline, George’s has a romantic, laidback vibe and quintessential Southern California charm. Chef Trey Foshee’s menu features Portuguese-style mussels, fried calamari, fish tacos, and lobster rolls. Opt for premium seating when booking lunch or dinner for guaranteed front-row views of the Pacific.

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Sandbar Rooftop - New York, NY

Experience a beach escape in the middle of NYC’s Fashion District. Located on the 23rd floor of the Hilton, Sandbar has gorgeous 360-degree skyline views and fun beach décor that consists of lifeguard chairs, hanging lounges, and swings created from reclaimed wine barrels. The menu features signature handcrafted cocktails, pinsa pizzas (hand-pressed Roman-style), and picnic tasting boards, which is what we need this summer.

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LH on 21 & 22 - Chicago, IL

Welcome to LondonHouse Chicago, a luxury hotel in Chicago’s Loop with an absolutely stunning rooftop bar on the 22nd level. Take in sweeping views of the Chicago River, Lake Michigan, and the Magnificent Mile while enjoying classic cocktails and small bites at the outdoor LH terrace. This is the perfect setting for refreshing spritzes, classic drinks, or an effervescent glass of champagne. Pair with creative bar bites, like Thai-style spare ribs or Caribbean chicken skewers with cauliflower couscous salad and mango dressing.

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